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Louis Armstrong

Louis Daniel Armstrong (August 4, 1901 – July 6, 1971), nicknamed "Satchmo", "Satch", and "Pops", was an American trumpeter, composer, vocalist, and actor who was among the most influential figures in jazz. His career spanned five decades, from the 1920s to the 1960s, and different eras in the history of jazz. In 2017, he was inducted into the Rhythm & Blues Hall of Fame.

Armstrong was born and raised in New Orleans. Coming to prominence in the 1920s as an inventive trumpet and cornet player, Armstrong was a foundational influence in jazz, shifting the focus of the music from collective improvisation to solo performance. Around 1922, he followed his mentor, Joe "King" Oliver, to Chicago to play in the Creole Jazz Band. In Chicago, he spent time with other popular jazz musicians, reconnecting with his friend Bix Beiderbecke and spending time with Hoagy Carmichael and Lil Hardin. He earned a reputation at "cutting contests", and relocated to New York in order to join Fletcher Henderson's band.

With his instantly recognizable rich, gravelly voice, Armstrong was also an influential singer and skillful improviser, bending the lyrics and melody of a song. He was also skilled at scat singing. Armstrong is renowned for his charismatic stage presence and voice as well as his trumpet playing. By the end of Armstrong's career in the 1960s, his influence had spread to popular music in general. Armstrong was one of the first popular African-American entertainers to "cross over", meaning his music transcended his skin color in a racially divided America. He rarely publicly politicized his race, to the dismay of fellow African Americans, but took a well-publicized stand for desegregation in the Little Rock crisis. He was able to access the upper echelons of American society at a time when this was difficult for black men.

Armstrong appeared in films such as High Society (1956) alongside Bing Crosby, Grace Kelly, and Frank Sinatra, and Hello, Dolly! (1969) starring Barbra Streisand. He received many accolades including three Grammy Award nominations and a win for his vocal performance of Hello, Dolly! in 1964.

Birth and Death Data: Born August 4th, 1901 (New Orleans), Died July 6th, 1971 (New York City;Corona)

Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1923 - 1969

Roles Represented in DAHR: trumpet, vocalist, leader, cornet, composer, speaker, songwriter, lyricist

Recordings (Results 26-50 of 728 records)

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Victor BS-75420 10-in. 4/24/1933 Honey, don't you love me anymore? Louis Armstrong Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo instrumentalist, trumpet, vocalist, leader  
Victor BS-75421 10-in. 4/24/1933 Mississippi basin Louis Armstrong Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo instrumentalist, trumpet, vocalist, leader  
Victor BS-75422 10-in. 4/24/1933 Laughin' Louie Louis Armstrong Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo instrumentalist, trumpet, vocalist, leader  
Victor BS-75423 10-in. 4/24/1933 Tomorrow night Louis Armstrong Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo instrumentalist, trumpet, vocalist, leader  
Victor BS-75424 10-in. 4/24/1933 Dusky stevedore Louis Armstrong Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo instrumentalist, trumpet, vocalist, leader  
Victor BS-75476 10-in. 4/26/1933 There's a cabin in the pines Louis Armstrong Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo instrumentalist, trumpet, vocalist, leader  
Victor BS-75477 10-in. 4/26/1933 Mighty river Louis Armstrong Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo instrumentalist, trumpet, vocalist, leader  
Victor BS-75478 10-in. 4/26/1933 Sweet Sue—just you Louis Armstrong Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo and male vocal duet instrumentalist, trumpet, vocalist, leader  
Victor BS-75479 10-in. 4/26/1933 I wonder who Louis Armstrong Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo instrumentalist, trumpet, vocalist, leader  
Victor BS-75480 10-in. 4/26/1933 St. Louis blues Louis Armstrong Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo instrumentalist, trumpet, leader  
Victor BS-75481 10-in. 4/26/1933 Don't play me cheap Louis Armstrong Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo instrumentalist, trumpet, vocalist, leader  
Victor BS-0651 10-in. 9/17/1936 If we never meet again George Hall ; Hotel Taft Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with female vocal solo songwriter  
Victor BS-023771 10-in. 7/1/1938 Ol' man Mose Scat Powell ; Willie Farmer Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo songwriter  
Victor BS-024428 10-in. 8/1/1938 Dipper mouth Larry Clinton Orchestra Jazz/dance band composer  
Victor BS-028140 10-in. 10/21/1938 Sugar foot stomp Jan Savitt ; Top Hatters Jazz/dance band composer  
Victor BS-031981 10-in. 2/2/1939 Ol' man Mose Golden Gate Jubilee Quartet Male vocal quartet, unaccompanied songwriter  
Victor BS-037192 10-in. 6/6/1939 Sugar foot stomp The Pied Pipers Mixed vocal ensemble and instrumental ensemble composer  
Victor BS-037731 10-in. 6/19/1939 In the barrel Wingy Manone Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo and vocal ensemble composer  
Victor BS-047360 10-in. 3/4/1940 When it's sleepy time down South Louis Armstrong Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo and trumpet solo instrumentalist, trumpet, vocalist  
Victor BS-047988 10-in. 3/21/1940 You've got me voo-doo'd Charlie Barnet Orchestra ; Mary Ann McCall Jazz/dance band, with female vocal solo songwriter  
Victor BS-051224 10-in. 6/4/1940 Wild man blues Sidney Bechet ; New Orleans Feetwarmers Jazz/dance band composer  
Columbia 140171 10-in. 12/9/1924 Poor house blues Maggie Jones Female vocal solo ("blues singer"), with cornet and piano instrumentalist, cornet  
Columbia 140174 10-in. 12/10/1924 Anybody here want to try my cabbage? Maggie Jones Female vocal solo ("blues singer"), with cornet and piano instrumentalist, cornet  
Columbia 140175 10-in. 12/10/1924 Thunderstorm blues Maggie Jones Female vocal solo ("blues singer"), with cornet and piano instrumentalist, cornet  
Columbia 140187 10-in. 12/17/1924 If I lose, let me lose Maggie Jones Female vocal solo ("blues singer"), with cornet and piano instrumentalist, cornet  
(Results 26-50 of 728 records)

Citation

Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Armstrong, Louis," accessed February 26, 2021, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/101863.

Armstrong, Louis. (2021). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved February 26, 2021, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/101863.

"Armstrong, Louis." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2021. Web. 26 February 2021.

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URI: https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/101863

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